Peter writes books for 7 – 13 year olds. He is the author of the popular Mokee Joe series and the chilling Bonebreaker trilogy. His debut novel, Mokee Joe is Coming! was winner of the 'Sheffield Children’s Book Award' in the shorter novel category. Bonebreaker was voted as the 'Bedfordshire Children’s Book of the Year.' Scabbajack, Peter’s seventh book, recently won the 'Stockton Children’s Book Award.' Peter believes in bringing his spooky stories to life by using realistic settings and basing them on historical facts. As one child-reviewer said of Mokee Joe – 'Peter J Murray’s stories are pure fantasy, but totally believable!'
Peter is passionate in his quest to promote literacy in schools and to inspire even the least confident children to use their imagination and achieve creative success. When not writing, he is guaranteed to be found in schools anywhere across the UK and increasingly abroad. As a result of being ‘discovered’ by a leading US educational charity, The Carmel Hill Foundation www.carmelhill.org, Peter’s books are now widely read in New York and Louisiana. His latest Mokee Joe book - Mokee Joe: Mutant Resurrection – was launched in the world famous Apollo Theatre in Harlem, New York, in front of 1500 enthusiastic fans.
To quote Peter: 'Whenever I think things can’t get any better or more exciting… they do!'
Peter J Murray News
May 29NOT-SO-WINDY NORTH EAST
Back to the lovely North East to a new school (to us!), Windy Nook Primary in Gateshead. What a lovely name! (Windy Nook, I mean, not Gateshead!). And a lovely school too. As it was our first visit, we hit the school hard (not literally!) with Mokee Joe. The audience of around 90 Year 5′s [...]
May 16PARK HOUSE PERFECTION
Kath and I left the peace and tranquillity of our Berkshire retreat to visit the nearby Park House School in Newbury. Thank goodness! It proved a great day and the new Year 7′s were a delight to work with. We started the day with all of the Year 7′s in the hall, launching our new book – Kruschmeister, [...]
Apr 24BONEBREAKER TERRITORY
I get so excited driving down towards Norfolk and Suffolk, the area where I spent so many memorable childhood holidays - mainly at the resort of Great Yarmouth. And so Kath and I headed off last Sunday and drove down to Suffolk to the Fritton Country Park, the perfect base for our visits to three schools in the area. The first [...]